||Previous Quotes of the Month for 2003
"A child whose life is full of the threat and
fear of punishment is locked into babyhood. There is no way for him to
grow up, to learn to take responsibility for his life and acts. Most
important of all, we should not assume that having to yield to the
threat of our superior force is good for the child's character. It is
never good for anyone's character."
"Three Kinds of Discipline"
"To look into some aspects of the future, we
do not need projections by supercomputers. Much of the next millennium
can be seen in how we care for our children today. Tomorrow's world may
be influenced by science and technology, but more than anything, it is
already taking shape in the bodies and minds of our children."
Secretary-General of the United Nations
"Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we
are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of
1928 - 2003
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
"What wisdom can you find that is greater
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
"This generation of mothers labors under
[the] dubious pronouncement that babies sleep best in isolation. Every
infant knows better. His protest at nocturnal solitude contains the
wisdom of millennia."
Thomas Lewis, M.D.,
A General Theory of Love
"I wanted to tell you that it is because of
my own bad memories of my youth and because I don't like the way
children are treated that I chose to become a schoolteacher... In
time you will have children and I hope you will love them and they will
love you. To tell the truth, they will love you if you love them."
Speech by teacher in "Small Change" (1976), screenplay by Francois
"A characteristic of the normal child is that
he doesn't act that way very often."
"Parents must learn that their child is
perfect and give them sensational respect."
Natasja de Jong, age 4
"We have a prison population of over two
million people... Now prisons are a necessary part of American life ...
but prisons are the most expensive and the least effective social
service intervention that we make in this country, and most competent
kindergarten teachers can tell you who the five kids are in his or her
class that are likely to end up in prison fifteen or twenty years from
"If you talk to prisoners, you find that almost all of them were
either abused or neglected as children. So my question to America is,
that if we have some idea fifteen or twenty years ahead of time who is
going to end up in the most expensive and least effective social service
investment that we make, why don't we do something now for small
children and their families, so that we can stop that from happening? We
have got to stop thinking in two- and four- and six-year increments in
this country, and start thinking in 20-year increments, if we want to do
something for children."
Democratic presidential candidate and former Governor of
"What we learn with pleasure we never
"Allow children to be happy in their own way,
for what better way will they ever find?"
1709 - 1784
Quoted in Chop Wood, Carry Water
"Misbehavior is an adult description of what
is more accurately perfect behavior given the conditions of the child's
Inventing the Child: Culture, Ideology, and the Story of
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